The World on Paper

"[Individuals who break through by inventing a new paradigm are] almost always...either very young or very new to the field whose paradigm they change...These are the [men and women] who, being little committed to prior practice to the traditional rules of normal science, are particularly likely to see that those rules no longer define a playable game and to conceive another set that can replace them." - Thomas S Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolution (1962)

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The World of Books

This funny video "Introducing the Book" reminded me of Henry Petroski's Book on the Bookshelf (1999) which gives a captivating account of the evolution of the physical design of books from stone tablets, the papyrus and the format we are most familiar with, the spines. This fascinating read made me appreciate books more. Reading a book is still one of life's great pleasures. Nothing beats that tactile experience of turning pages while nose deep reading a book.


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